For a lot of us, our hard-earned trophies may be among our most treasured possessions. There’s a reason why some folks will designate one of the rooms in their home as their trophy room: The tokens showcased there symbolize the proud achievements and significant milestones in our lives.
Keeping that in mind, it makes sense to learn the basics of keeping your trophies clean and shiny. While materials like pewter and stainless steel are very low-maintenance, awards made of brass or silver often require a good buffing.
Rubbing an old NJ sports trophy with a tissue or your shirt sleeve can only get you so far. When it comes to your prized mementos, you should know how to really make them gleam.
As various materials call for different cleaning methods, we’re devoting this month’s blog to brass. Courtesy of the crew here at Spike’s, here are some tips for getting your brass trophies to shine.
1. Make Sure It’s Actually Brass
Unsure if your memento is made from brass or another metal?
Pro-tip: If it is brass, magnets will not stick to it.
2. Get Your Materials Ready
Before you start, make sure you have:
- Brass cleaner
- Rubber gloves
- Warm, soapy water
- Three clean cloths
3. Rinse the Metal
Wearing your rubber gloves, thoroughly wash your trophy with one of the clean clothes and the soapy water. Though you don’t need to scrub the whole thing with the toothbrush, it does come in handy for reaching and brushing hard-to-reach edges and nooks.
4. Start Polishing
With a new clean, dry cloth, gently rub the brass cleaner over the entire metal surface of the trophy.
5. Buff Away
Using your last remaining cloth, rub off all of the cleaner, and buff the brass with the dry cloth until you have a sparkling finish. But be careful; don’t touch the trophy with your bare hands until everything has completely dried.
Are you looking for beautiful and affordable New Jersey sports trophies to use for your community’s games and events? Spike’s Trophies can help you out. Contact us today to learn more by giving us a call at 855-652-4030.